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You right wingers have such a great track record of running foreign policy without the UN.





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The sheer scope and size of the "oil for food" scandal has made Kofi Annan the head of what is arguably the largest criminal enterprise of all time....
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The sheer scope and size of the "oil for food" scandal has made Kofi Annan the head of what is arguably the largest criminal enterprise of all time....
Everything is corrupt so help no one. Such a tired old worn out excuse.
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Exactly.If you started prescribing minimum standards for membership and participation, you would have a club with precious few members.
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Yes we have seen how effective the U.N. has been in dealing with the fighting in Somalia or the genocide in Darfur.

Oh yes, it's the arabs doing this mischief..so that's OK....
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So, you think we should be the world's policemen instead? Got news for you buddy, the country has had about enough of that.
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So, you think we should be the world's policemen instead? Got news for you buddy, the country has had about enough of that.

In your quote above who exactly is "we"?

We were talking about the U.N. here not the U.S.A.

I don't know what you're talking about......do you?
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Yep, I really needed to see that dumb fuk look when I awake this morning.

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Fog of war increased by Reuters.

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Reuters admits altering Beirut photo
Yaakov Lappin

A Reuters photograph of smoke rising from buildings in Beirut has been withdrawn after coming under attack by American web logs. The blogs accused Reuters of distorting the photograph to include more smoke and damage.

The photograph showed two very heavy plumes of black smoke billowing from buildings in Beirut after an Air Force attack on the Lebanese capital. Reuters has since withdrawn the photograph from its website, along a message admitting that the image was distorted, and an apology to editors.

Reuters withdraws doctored image
In the message, Reuters said that "photo editing software was improperly used on this image. A corrected version will immediately follow this advisory. We are sorry for any inconvience."

Reuters' head of PR Moira Whittle said in response: "Reuters has suspended a photographer until investigations are completed into changes made to a photograph showing smoke billowing from buildings following an air strike on Beirut. Reuters takes such matters extremely seriously as it is strictly against company editorial policy to alter pictures."

"As soon as the allegation came to light, the photograph, filed on Saturday 5 August, was removed from the file and a replacement, showing the same scene, was sent. The explanation for the removal was the improper use of photo-editing software," she added.

Earlier, Charles Johnson, of the Little Green Footballs blog , which has exposed a previous attempt at fraud by a major American news corporation, wrote : "This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop “clone” tool to add more smoke to the image."

Johnson added: "Smoke simply does not contain repeating symmetrical patterns like this, and you can see the repetition in both plumes of smoke. There’s really no question about it."

Speaking to Ynetnews, Johnson said: "This has to cast doubt not only on the photographer who did the alterations, but on Reuters' entire review process. If they could let such an obvious fake get through to publication, how many more faked or 'enhanced' photos have not been caught?"

A series of close ups are then posted on the blog, showing that "it’s not only the plumes of smoke that were 'enhanced.' There are also cloned buildings." The close ups do appear to show exact replicas of buildings appearing next to one another in the photograph.

The Sports Shooter web forum , used by professional photographers, also examined the photo, with many users concluding that the image has been doctored.

'Looks so obviously doctored'
"I'll second the cloned smoke...but it looks so obvious that I don't know how the photographer could have gotten away with it," wrote one user.

After further research, Johnson posted a photograph he says is the original image taken before distortions were made, showing much lighter smoke rising.

Other blogs have also analyzed the photographs, and reached similar conclusions, such as Left & Right , which states: "The photo has been doctored, quite badly."

The author of the Ace of Spades blog wrote: "Even I can see the very suspicious "clonings" of picture elements here. And I'm an idiot."

The Hot Air blog also looked at the photo, describing the image as "the worst Photoshop I have ever seen."

Adnan Hajj, the photographer who sent the altered image, was also the Reuters photographer behind many of the images from Qana – which have also been the subject of suspicions for being staged.

"A photographer who would blatantly falsify an entire 'news' image would certainly not be above posing and staging photographs of rescue workers," Johnson concluded.
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There's a new thread on this very issue.

The photographer's excuse is so lame that it would make even Al-jezeera skeptical.

And yes he was responsible for many of those staged pics from Qana which Reuters still insists were legitimate.
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